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Into the Wild

Stats: Two stories; 550,000 square feet of shopping space; 100 new stores and restaurants.
Terrain: Flat and even; multiple nature-inspired lookout points.
Gear: Walking shoes; various reusable totes.

Enter at Neiman Marcus, which celebrates its 100th birthday next week. Then bulk up on trail mix, provincial cuisine, and charcuterie inside Sel de la Terre’s understated dining room. Pick up bread for the walk at the takeout boulangerie.

Move on to local favorite Stil for a chic collection of Danish and up-and-coming designers. Next, cross the walkway and enter Nordstrom. Caution: A ridiculous selection of designer shoes and handbags may leave you breathless.

Peruse the butter-soft fabrics and kids’ clothing at Hanna Andersson before scoping out J.Crew sibling Madewell. Note: Join the Friends of Denim program for crazy discounts. Grab flattering prep wear at Martin + Osa plus a few pairs of yoga pants and workout gear at Lululemon.

The trail ends at The Met Bar & Grill (of Chestnut Hill steakhouse fame). Order a signature Tokyo burger with Kobe beef, red onion, and sticky soy sauce and an icy cold frappe.

Breathe deeply. Start over.


Natick Collection, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick (508-655-4800 or natickcollection.com).